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Columnist John Clark. BIZ Speculative foreign real estate buying: Chronic issue or red herring?

John Clark | 2018-02-14
In this column a couple of years ago, I asked the question “are we at risk of becoming tenants in...

Columnist John Clark. BIZ Is high tech a core condo, or a suburban McMansion?

John Clark | 2018-02-01
In urban centres across Canada, there are those business parks in the suburbs. You know the ones. They have a...

The sale of Constitution Square in downtown Ottawa was the city's largest-ever commercial real estate transaction. (Google Street View) BIZ Major real estate deals thanks to quantitative easing?

John Clark | 2018-01-16
When Ottawa experienced the largest commercial real estate deal in its history last fall, one of the insiders noted in...

Columnist John Clark. BIZ Recognize when home ownership is too costly

John Clark | 2018-01-02
Do you like it? Can you afford it? Will you be able to maintain it? These are the criteria that...

Columnist John Clark. BIZ What’s so clever about smart cities?

John Clark | 2017-12-05
Infrastructure Canada is taking applications from municipalities across the country for its Smart Cities Challenge. CATA, the Canadian Advanced Technology...

Columnist John Clark. BIZ Is volunteerism an answer for cash-strapped municipalities?

John Clark | 2017-11-16
When municipalities are short of operating capital to maintain infrastructure and services, we traditionally have had two choices: settle for...

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Can affordable housing and rapid mass transit co-exist?
Rapid mass transit is often regarded as the prescription for cities suffering from traffic congestion. A way for urbanites to...
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Hydro usage penalties, and how businesses can avoid them
Thousands of Canadian businesses are unwittingly paying hydro penalties which are, in most cases, buried in their monthly hydro bills....
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Building better communities, one shopping centre at a time
Richard Crenian | The Long View | 2018-05-08
For too long, suburban living has been perceived to be all about the automobile, home-ownership, detached properties and sometimes a...
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H&M swings open its doors in Regina
Over a year ago, it was announced Regina’s downtown Cornwall Centre was getting an H&M store. The store opened this...
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Today’s CRE Tech space hardly resembles the world in which my co-founders and I launched VTS in 2012. Back then,...
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Title insurance — a matter of opinion
Eric Haslett | The Title Page | 2016-04-26
“What more am I getting?” This is one of the first questions people ask when their lawyer suggests purchasing...
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CMHC underwriting mortgage changes
If you are already an apartment building owner or looking to purchase an apartment building then you have two mortgage...
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What to expect from the Vancouver housing market
What will the year 2017 hold for real estate and development in the lower mainland? It’s a question that has...
The Apartment Building Expert »
Understanding cap rates in the apartment sector
Capitalization rates, or cap rates, are a way of estimating the general rate of return of an apartment building by...
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Ontario Finance Minister updates CRELA at luncheon
Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa recently told Commercial Real Estate Lenders Association (CRELA) members he would like to see...
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Vancouver’s plan for False Creek Flats falls short
Cori Howard | Westcoast News | 2017-05-30
The False Creek Flats area of Vancouver is the last bastion of opportunity for creating a diverse mix of industrial...
The Numbers Game »
Can mid-sized homebuilders survive influx of public money?
Ben Myers | The Numbers Game | 2018-04-26
When I started my career 15 years ago in Texas, most major homebuilders in Dallas operated across the state, and...
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BOMA Regina hosts BOMEX for the first time
Victoria Gabel | BOMA Canada News | 2016-10-10
For the first time in its history, BOMEX® came to the Queen City of Regina! From September 20-22nd, BOMA Regina...
National Viewpoint »
A ‘Net Zero’ home: What does it really mean?
Bob Finnigan | National Viewpoint | 2017-12-29
In Canada, our new homes are already some of the most energy efficient in the world. There has, however, been...
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Debunking the myths around Vancouver real estate prices
The big news out of Vancouver recently has been the release of a report by Resonance Consulting about the future...
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A boom for rental as owners cash out of homes
Sean Tait | The Strategic Broker | 2017-04-11
Today, millions of Canadians have been blessed with unprecedented wealth due in large part to one key financial asset: their...
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